Monthly Archives / August 2008
It’s been a while since I did a recipe and cooking post. In fact, it’s been a while since I did any cooking at all. Not counting the insect meal we had back in May, I haven’t done any cooking since Chinese New Year (I usually cook the reunion dinner.)
angel hair pasta with scallops, slurps
While helping Cheesie out with grocery shopping, we somehow ended up at this seafood specialty shop at SS2 (the same row as restaurant Hoppy). They sell anything from frozen prawns to lobsters to live crab, and when I saw the huge frozen scallop in the fridge, it was love at first sight.
The 20 huge scallops in a bag costs a cool RM 37.50, so this wasn’t going to be a cheap meal, but temptation won at the end, and the rest is history. Anyway, lets get on to this whole recipe thing already.
just half a dozen ingredients and 4 steps, real easy!
- scallops, the bigger the better!
- sliced garlic (aglio)
- dried red chili
- virgin olive oil (olio)
- black pepper
- angel hair spaghetti
- boil spaghetti
- at the same time (if you have more than one stove), heat up some olive oil and start frying garlic, dried chili, and scallop till the scallop just about to start getting brown skin
- add in spaghetti, stir a while to get the scallop taste mixed into the pasta
- sprinkle some black pepper, and it’s good to eat!
tastes even better than it looks ok!
The pasta actually turned out very good. I always like angel hair as the finer strands of pasta tends to be able to soak up more sauce, plus it’s easier to chew as well. Scallop has always been one of my favorite seafood choices, I used to have fried rice with scallop back in States, and this is just a western style of the same thing.
This is something really simple to cook (as opposed to kung pao chicken or fried pomphret), and you can always replace scallops with prawns or even sausages (on a budget). So don’t always just rely on Maggie Mee, get busy already!
When I was working at Leisure Commerce Square, we used to travel quite a bit for a good lunch. We’ve been to the siew yoke (bbq pork) place at Aman Suria, pork tripe soup at USJ, and even banana leaf rice at Raju at PJ State. Just before I left the company, we decided to venture into the parking hell that is USJ Taipan and give Meaty House a try.
Meaty house is located just a couple of shops from Starbucks
Meaty house is located just a couple of shops from Starbucks, facing the multilayer parking lots that you should use lest boiling your blood away looking for a street spot (that you have to pay anyway.) The interior of the restaurant is a little dated and not very well lit either. The seats and tables were a bit old, but we were there with only one objective, and romance wasn’t it.
pork belly, pork knuckle, ribs & sausages
The server was very friendly and recommended us the three dishes we ordered for the day. Pork belly, pork knuckle, and a ribs & sausages dish. We also had 3 glasses of home-brewed barley drinks to go with it.
Food didn’t take long to arrive as it wasn’t busy during the weekday lunch time we were there. All three dishes were actually very good, and I particularly love the German pork knuckle, very crunchy on the outside and yet flavorful and fatty without being too oily inside. The home-made honey mustard sauce was perfect for both the sausages and the pork knuckle.
Pork belly was good too, although I could probably use a slightly fattier cut (I’m one of those pork lard people). The ribs too were equally good, with the hint of char siu (roasted pork) taste to it. The side dishes of coleslaw and some unidentified vegetables though, were nothing to shout about.
Each dishes cost less than RM 30. Ribs & sausages RM 26.80, pork belly RM 23.80, pork knuckle RM 29.80. Overall I would say that this place offers very good value for what you get. A slightly higher class place would be EURO DELI at Damansara Kim or Jarrod & Rawlins at Hartamas, and if you really want it splurge a bit, there’s always Bermuda & Onions at Cangkat Bukit Bintang, and Bruno’s at Jaya 33. If you love pork, either one of these places would be pretty satisfying.
Meaty house is located in USJ Taipan Triangle
37, Jalan USJ 10/1D,
Taipan Triangle, Subang Jaya
GPS: 3.049244, 101.584289
Tel: 03-5633 5634
Some of you who’ve been following this blog for a bit might have come across my slightly amazing talent in playing electronic gaming, particularly (ok maybe only) at minesweeper. My best score was 62s in the expert mode, are you impressed?! I know you are! 😀
Four to five years back I used to play other games too, a few years ago ST and I with a few other friends were really into Warcraft III DotA Classic a lot. Late nights at cybercafe until the early mornings (or even next evening) were not uncommon. I remember finally beating a team of players in the same cyber cafe after a few trials and they immediately quit playing DotA Classic and went on to the current version or something. Ahhh those were the days, and if I had continue pursuing that electronic dream until know, who knows I’ll be a champion?
That brings us nicely to the huge event this coming weekend. The World Cyber Games in Malaysia!
For the uninitiated, WCG is the largest gaming festival in the world with over 70 countries and at least 1.2 million people participating. Huge huge event with lots of prizes, competitions, cosplay girls, and everything in between.
There are people (especially those crazy Koreans) who make a living out of playing competitive cyber games, and WCG is always the main event, kinda like the Olympics of electronic games. Every gamers’ dream come true!
This time around, the bunch of jokers at Nuffnang is into it as well and looking for challengers to Counter Strike competition! If you think you can beat them (which I think and surely hope you guys can cos these guys are getting a bit too proud), sign up here to beat them!
Over there you can also find out ways to win a 32″ LCD TV *gasp*, digital camera, or mp3 player from Samsung just by writing blog entries. Hope over to there to find out ok!
Back to WCG, the details are:
Date: 15-17 August
Time: 10am to 9pm daily
Venue: Hall 2 & 3, Mid Valley Exhibition Centre
Other than Warcraft, the other games are:
I’m going to lobby for Minesweeper to be included next year, darn it! I too want to win 1.2-3k as champion!
I remember when I went to the States to study close to 10 years ago, one of the things that I look forward to was OREO! At the time this favorite cookie hasn’t hit the local market, but I’ve already heard quite a bit about it. OREO was among my first purchases from a supermarket at the States, together with essentials like pillow and toothpaste.
oOOo I especially love the doublestuf OREO!
OREO actually did play an integral part of my university life. I used to have it while watching ball games with friends on tv, while studying for exams and feeling hungry late at night, or whenever I was too lazy to go to the canteen. It was the perfect meal replacement that is actually tasty and doesn’t even require a microwave!
So you can imagine how glad I was when I found out that they have brought OREO to Malaysia when I came back from my sojourn to the West. To me, it’s almost like coming home and finding it in your mailbox!
And you know there’s something that is even better than OREO? Doublestuf OREO!
I can’t speak for everyone, but to me, the best thing about OREO has always been the stuffing. Before the head chef at Nabisco figured out the double stuffing thing, I used to always pick out the stuffing and stack them up together. That way I get to have one double stuffed OREO, and one without any stuffing. But with the Doublestuf, every cookie comes with extra thick layer of stuffing, it’s like having 6 prawns instead of 3 in a char kueh teow, genius!
of course, good things must be shared
I usually have my OREO as is. However, if I can find a glass of milk (good milk is so difficult to have here in Malaysia), I’d do the famous twist and dunk method too. The wholesomeness of milk mixes rather well with the slightly salty cookie, makes for pretty good breakfast, and breakfast is not that many hours away as I’m writing this. I think I’m going to Cold Storage to get some OREOs tomorrow and have it at my office, bye!
Last Saturday I went up to Genting to attend the MY FM 10th anniversary celebration thanks to Andrew who obtained media passes for myself and Lorna. Together with the nutty Alice, I think we were the only four people with media passes and not work for any traditional media companies. It is sort of obvious too as we were carrying entry level SLRs (or in the case of Lorna, pen and paper) instead of fabulous and expensive equipments.
Before I start, there are more pictures from the event on my flickr set here.
Andrew in highwire act
Having gone through 12 years of education that involves Mandarin, I do listen to MY FM and other Chinese radio stations whenever I feel like I need to get closer to the root. I used to know my fair share of local, HK, and Taiwanese stars during my high school years. Remember the four kings? Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok, Andy Lau, and Jacky Cheung? Rock bands like Beyond? Yah that was during my time, looking at the thousands of younger kids flooding to this event and their enthusiasm kinda brings back the memory.
Lorna & myself, Alice & Andrew
Our passes were from CIB MALL, the company that is behind this Crazy Shooter Online (CSO) game that looks a bit like counter strike. Incidentally, the game plays a big role in the whole event, with quite a number of people turning up cosplay style. Andrew’s friend Denise (who’s with CIB MALL) was on the stage doing her thing in a costume too, thanks Denise!
check out the incredible family!
Almost all VIPs as well as many attendees went to the event in interesting dresses. There were ghosts, cowboys, batman, spidey, catwoman, etc etc. The winner for the best costume went to the Incredible Family who walked away with RM 10,000! It was actually a family of 6, with 4 incredible characters and 2 small pirates, so cute.
Before the arrival of the artists, the hall was already filled with many hardcore fans. There’s at least a couple hundred people wearing the same green t-shirt supporting Nicholas Teo ???, another big group for Yoga ???, and the fans of Wu Jia Hui ??? lining up right at the red carpet patiently waiting for him. Pretty hardcore don’t you think?
some performers as well as VIPs on the red carpet
The artists and VIPs started to arrive from about 6:30 onwards and it didn’t end until more than an hour later. There were local stars, singers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and China. The more notable guests and performers include Ling Yu Zhong, Huang Wei Er, James, Oak Smith, Zhang Zi Cheng, Guo Jing, Nicholas Teo, Xiao Mai, Liu Li Yang, and Yoga. There were also winners of the last Astro talent show.
Ling Yu Zhong, Huang Wei Er, James, Oak Smith
While the DJs from MY FM were a bunch of goofs who dressed up like hell boy, pirates, and sailormoon (male version), the performers were actually very good! Ling Yu Zhong and Huang Wei Er did their bits, as well as James and Oak Smith from Thailand (singing in Thai). Interestingly, Oak Smith (weird name I know) gave up his career as a doctor and a skin specialist to pursue singing.
Zhang Zi Cheng, Guo Jing, Nicholas Teo
There were also equally entertaining performances by Zhang Zi Cheng (as the surprised performer), Guo Jing, Andrew, Nicholas Teo, and Yoga. However, my favorite of the night has got to go to Liu Li Yang from China. Her voice was both captivating as it was powerful, with the style that reminds me of Evanescence.
Xiao MY, Liu Li Yang, Nicholas Teo, Yoga
Towards the end, MY FM introduced their mascot Xiao MY. The whole event was rather entertaining, and having a media pass certainly helps quite a bit as we were just right next to the stage without having to line up or squeeze with everyone else. The only slightly disappointing bit was the absence of Eason Chan, but it didn’t stop the show for being a blast.